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Wedding Officiant

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Find the Perfect Wedding Officiant

There is so much to think about when planning your wedding ceremony from the flowers to the aisle runner to the wedding party and the ceremony music. It can be quite overwhelming and many leave selecting a Wedding Officiant to the last minute. While that is okay, just be sure that you find an Officiant that meets the needs of you and your soon-to-be spouse.

In today’s article we discuss some important questions that you should ask when selecting the Officiant who will perform your wedding ceremony.

  1. Perhaps the most important thing you need to be sure about is whether or not you have a choice in selecting the content and vows of the wedding ceremony. Some Officiants may have a standard ceremony only that they perform so make sure your Officiant is flexible.
  2. The Officiant should meet with you for an interview first and provide you with several ceremony options for ceremony ideas as well as the “how-to’s” for conducting wedding ceremonies. He or she should be able to walk you through their typical ceremony and should provide suggestions for adding your customizations into the flow of the ceremony.
  3. The Wedding Officiant that you choose should offer you reasonable choices for his or her wedding day attire, whether it is formal or informal.
  4. Make sure that you ask whether or not the Officiant requires marriage counseling and what the requirements are. Understand this fully so that you are not left with no one to preside over your ceremony.
  5. You must ensure that your Officiant has a back-up person that can perform your wedding in the event of an emergency. They should not only have a back-up person, but should provide you with that person’s name and phone number in advance. Of course your Officiant should also provide you with their mobile phone (or another way to get a hold of them on the wedding day) in case there are any emergencies or changes the day of the wedding.
  6. Another important question to ask is whether or not your Officiant will attend the rehearsal the day before the wedding. Some will not attend the rehearsal while others will for a fee. Make sure you understand this fee up-front.
  7. When meeting with your potential Wedding Officiant for the first time, be sure that he or she will actually be the person presiding over your ceremony. Some sites have many Officiants to choose from, so be sure that you are in fact meeting the actual person and not just a representative of their site. Make sure that they tell you in writing who will be conducting the ceremony.

Again, the importance of finding a Wedding Officiant that meets your needs as a new couple is one of the most important decisions you will make when planning your wedding ceremony.

Houston Minster Services has Officiants ready to serve you in the Houston area including Galveston, Katy, Pearland, Conroe, Spring, The Woodlands and Baytown. We offer services of value that will fit your needs and that should fit your budget.

Please contact us at 713-208-2025 for a free phone consultation so that we can find the perfect Wedding Officiant for you and create the perfect wedding ceremony!

“Thank you Reverend Gordon for helping me out. I had no idea on how to go about finding a minister and you made it much easier.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!

Angel Del Valle


I Love Performing Weddings!

Posted in Readings by Richard

It is a wonderful calling to be a wedding minister!  I get to spend my time with happy people at joyous occasions.  Often, these events turn into family reunions with long-lost relatives arriving from around the country and, in many cases, from around the world.  Add to this the interesting locations and ceremony variations couples request and you’ve got the making of an incredible event! What could be better?

The greater Houston area boasts an almost limitless variety of wedding locations.  From the beaches of Bolivar and Galveston to gleaming, downtown, high-rise rooftops the third coast offers unique settings to enhance any wedding theme and dream. With a little imagination, almost any environment can be transformed into the perfect wedding setting. Although I’ve lived here for more years than I care to remember, brides and grooms are constantly reintroducing me to my hometown, causing me to see familiar sights with fresh eyes.

I’ve see an airplane hanger turned into a chapel with biplanes serving as silent sentinels. On Clear Lake there are at least two entities offering nautical nuptials.  You can choose between a sleek modern yacht and a graceful, old-fashioned paddle wheeler. Elegant stately mansions grace many of the smaller towns around Houston, and in the city itself, opening themselves to weddings and receptions with an Old World flair.  Many of our parks offer quiet, verdant vistas for the casual, intimate exchange of vows and, of course, nothing says intimate like a home setting – inside or out.

The Rose Garden in Hermann Park has long been a favorite venue.  With row upon vivid row of gorgeous flower beds surrounding the wedding party, it’s easy to believe that the entire world is celebrating the happy occasion! (The Rose Emporium in Brenham offers a similar experience).  I’ve recently been asked to officiate at two weddings in Hermann Park that will change forever how I see this venerable site.  The Houston Zoo and the Museum of Natural Science will both provide a familiar, yet totally original, setting in which to tie the knot.  Once again, I’m being reintroduced to a city I thought I knew!

A wise person once said, “Imagine you just won the lottery.  What would you do tomorrow?  Go out and do that!”

I know exactly what I would do the day after I won the lottery.  Perform a beautiful wedding at a familiar location for a couple very much in love; seeing this site, with fresh eyes, as if for the very first time.

I love performing weddings!

Please contact us at Houston Minister Services for more information on the many ceremony options to create your perfect wedding ceremony.

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Wedding Party

Posted in Alternative Custom Weddings

Traditional Wedding Party

Planning a wedding ceremony is such as rewarding experience but as you have probably heard it can be very overwhelming! There are many ceremony options to choose from and it can be hard to know where to start. Many find that the best place to start is to make your list of those individuals who will be in your wedding party and then you can go from there. Below you will find a list of the roles that are typically included in traditional wedding ceremonies.

Officiant – This is someone who performs the marriage ceremony. This can be a priest, a justice of the peace, and rabbi, or a minister. This person must be authorized to perform weddings in your state. He or she will most often attend the rehearsal and the rehearsal dinner the day before. He or she will also often say a prayer with both the groom and the bride separately before the ceremony begins.

Maid or Matron of Honor – This person offers emotional and logistical support to the bride, typically hosts the bridal showers, and bachelorette party, helps pick out the bridesmaid dresses and handles any additional wedding details as requested by the bride. This person typically provides a toast at the reception, holds the bouquet during the ceremony, adjusts the bride’s train at the altar, and helps the bride get dressed beforehand. She stands the closest to the bride, walks down the aisle before the bride and sometimes holds onto the grooms ring.

Best Man – This person in the wedding party offers support to the groom and ensures that the groom shows up on time to the wedding, he holds onto the rings for the ceremony, and gives a toast at the reception. He often will assist the groom with picking the attire for the wedding, hosting and organizing groomsmen activities, such as the bachelor party and pre -wedding day activities.

Father of the Bride – The bride’s parents typically forks over most of the cash for the wedding however these days, some couples pitch in themselves or have the groom’s parents help out. The father of the bride gives a toast at the reception may serve as a host to the entire event and it may coordinate flight schedules for out of town family that is attending. He also may ensure that all family members make it to the wedding site on-time. He also gets to enjoy the father and daughter dance at the reception.

Mother of the Bride – The mother of the bride’s role in the wedding party can vary so much from one wedding to the next that it really depends on each individual bride and mother. Some mother may act as the wedding planner; she may manage the budget, help pick out the wedding dress and the accessories, and be there for emotional support. Some mothers take more of a back seat role and simply enjoy attending the wedding, the showers, and the rehearsal dinner.

Father of the Groom – The grooms parents will often pay for the rehearsal dinner but it is not required. The father of the groom will typically host the rehearsal dinner and begin toasts at the rehearsal dinner to prep everyone for the big day. He may also help with minor logistics in assistance to the father of the bride.

Mother of the Groom – The mother of the groom may plan the rehearsal dinner with the bride if the groom’s parents are paying for the dinner. She may also help the Mother of the Bride with some of her responsibilities. She attends the bridal shower and enjoys the mother and son dance at the reception.

Bridesmaids – Bridesmaids in the wedding party are responsible for supporting the bride throughout planning the wedding day, whether that means helping with shower favors to addressing and stuffing wedding invitations. They also help plan the bridal shower and bachelorette party and are responsible for getting the dance floor going at the wedding reception.

Groomsmen – Groomsmen are responsible for supporting the groom in preparation for the big day. They help plan the bachelor party and decorate the getaway vehicle. They also may double as the ushers to escort wedding guests and they help the bridesmaids to get the dance floor going.

Ring Bearer & Flower Girl – The ring bearer is typically a young male child who walks down the aisle either alone or with the flower girl carrying a ring pillow to bear the rings. Don’t tie the real rings to this pillow! Many couples use fakes in case something happens. The flower girl is typically a young female child who also walks down the aisle before the bride and scatter flower petals down the aisle from a basket she carries.

This list provides the list of the main roles included in a traditional wedding party. There are however additional roles that are also included. These may include junior bridesmaids or groomsmen, candle lighters, ushers, honorary attendants, and readers or singers participating in the wedding ceremony.

For more information on how to create the perfect wedding ceremony, please contact us at Houston Minister Services or continue to view other articles in our Minster Services blog.

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